The MPAP Virtual Happenings page is a showcase of just a fraction of the exciting work our department continues to produce, even in our current unusual circumstances. These highlights reflect the vibrancy and ingenuity of our students, faculty, and alumni.
If you would like to send recordings, videos, or photos of any of your projects, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll share some of your submissions through our community news email and on this page. During these incredibly challenging times, we want our MPAP community to stay connected.
Ciara Renée Visits Vocal Performance Students
Actress Ciara Renee, who most recently played Elsa in "Frozen" on Broadway, spoke with our Vocal Performance students at their program meeting. Her other Broadway roles include The Witch in "Big Fish" and the Leading Player in "Pippin." Renee shared her experiences as a woman of color from rural Pennsylvania and her dreams of shattering stereotypes in music theatre roles. Our students received an in-depth overview of her struggles and triumphs as she climbed her way to leading roles on Broadway. The talkback was real, raw, honest, and inspiring, and our students left motivated to pursue their own personal dreams in the industry.
Vocal Performance Launches Video Series
Our Vocal Performance program has launched a new video series, “Inside the Virtual Classroom.” The series features the final products of the remote work done in the program’s performance classes this semester, including vocal ensembles, dance, and more. The first videos in the series are from the Pop/Rock Ensemble, Unplugged Ensemble, and Musical Theatre Dance, with more to come.
Vocal Performance Students Create Remote Cabaret Series
Vocal Performance students Abrah Ophelia Katzman and Reese Sebastian Diaz, with the help of adjunct professor Taylor Haven Holt, have created a platform for students in their program to perform - even while Broadway is shut down. The Baker's Dozen cabaret series was launched in April after students' performances were canceled due to COVID-19. Last semester, they featured 12 singers every week from Vocal Performance along with a special 13th Broadway guest performance. This semester they run bi-weekly and feature 13 incredible performers. Tune in to the next cabaret by following the Baker's Dozen Facebook page. (The Baker's Dozen logo was created by VP student Renee Shohet.)